Rosario Dawson Fast Facts:

  • Describes her ethnicity as black, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Irish and Native American.
  • Studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City.
  • Contributed to the voiceover commentary on the remix of Prince’s hit “1999” when she was 20.
  • Replaced Halle Berry in the 2002 bomb The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
  • Took guitar lessons from Joshua Jackson of Dawson’s Creek and Eddie Murphy.
  • In 2004, she was arrested outside the Republican National Convention in New York City while filming a scene for the film This Revolution when she refused to get out of the street.
  • Made her stage debut in 2005 in the Public Theater’s revival of the 1971 musical Two Gentlemen of Verona in Central Park.
  • Starred in the movie musical Rent (2005), which was set on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the neighborhood in which she grew up.

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